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    Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants. MOOCs are a recent and widely researched development in distance education which were first introduced in 2008 and emerged as a popular mode of learning in 2012.

    edX is a MOOC provider. It hosts online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide student body, including courses at no charge. Link for edX:

    Using edX, Oxford University is about to launch its first MOOC.
    Oxford has now announced that it will begin enrolling students for a course starting in Feb 2017 called "From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development".

    Follow the link for the BBC article:

    Although I have yet to sign up for one, they appear to be a very worthwhile education tool.
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    This looks an excellent initiative and should be very attractive to those who enjoy learning through ICT


    • #3
      Hi Dave, on a similar note, but not an educational course, you may be interested in the RSA at the following link.
      ​​​​​​There are some excellent articles, videos, podcasts you name it, discussing some very forward thinking topics and new ways for communities to collaborate. Collaboration being the key in my opinion to unlocking the potential of Helston. Take a look. I may highlight some particularly good articles if people are interested.


      • #4
        Thanks Mac, I will have a look over the coming days.
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        • #5
          A reminder that a MOOC offered by University of Oxford starts tomorrow provided via Edx. Titled, "From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development", it is free, requires about 2-3 hours per week and lasts 6 weeks. Not for everyone but for those who have an interest, an opportunity to learn from one of the world's leading scholars on the subject.
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